No. 291: Mark Ruwedel, Jed Morse on Manuel Neri

Episode No. 291 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features artist Mark Ruwedel and curator Jed Morse.

Yossi Milo Gallery in New York is showing “Mark Ruwedel: Hell and Home” through June 24.  The show includes Ruwedel’s ‘pictures of hell,’ an inventory of Western landscapes named for hell or the devil, his pictures of ‘home,’ of desert homes fighting a losing battle against the ravages of the harsh surrounding environment, and Opportunities Realized, Ruwedel’s revisiting of Ed Ruscha’s 1970 Real Estate Opportunities, in which Ruwedel photographed how the vacant lots in Ruscha’s book were filled in.

Ruwedel’s most recent book is “Pictures of Hell,” which features essays by Tate curator Simon Baker and Chiara Siravo a historian whose work has examined our concepts of hell. Amazon offers it for $125 (about half of what other sites charge for second-hand copies).

Ruwedel is one of America’s most honored photographers. In 2014 he won both the Scotiabank Photography Award and a Guggenheim fellowship. His work is in the collections of major museums such as the Metropolitan, the National Gallery of Art, the Tate, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and SFMOMA.

Ruwedel and host Tyler Green refer several times to Ruwedel’s 2008 book “Westward the Course of Empire,” a classic which looked at what remains in places where railroads once ran across the landscape.

On the second segment, Nasher Sculpture Center curator Jed Morse discusses his museum’s recent acquisition of a suite of major Manuel Neri sculptures and works on paper. They are on view at the Nasher through July 16.

Air date: June 1, 2017.

Mark Ruwedel, Devil Mesa, Colorado Plateau, Utah, 1998.

Mark Ruwedel, Devil Lake, Fremont National Forest, Oregon, 1998.

Mark Ruwedel, Devils Garden, Bly, Oregon, 1998.

Mark Ruwedel, Devils Golf Course, Death Valley, California, 1996.

Mark Ruwedel, Devils Garden, Garfield County, Utah, 2003.

Mark Ruwedel, Hell Gate, Trinity River, California, 2004.

Mark Ruwedel, Hells Gate, Death Valley, California, 1997.

Mark Ruwedel, Three Devils Grade,Moses Coulee, Washington, 1998.

Humphrey Lloyd Hime, The Prairie on the Banks of the Red River, Looking South, 1860.

Humphrey Lloyd Hime, The prairie, on the banks of Red River, looking south, 1858.

Mark Ruwedel, The Hanford Stretch: 100 D and DR Areas (Deer), 1992-93.

Mark Ruwedel, The Hanford Stretch: Breaking Camp, 1992-93.

Mark Ruwedel, Spokane Portland & Seattle #2, 1994.

Mark Ruwedel, Nevada Test Site: The Witnesses, 1995.

Mark Ruwedel, Wendover AFB: Little Boy Type Bomb Casing, 1999.

Mark Ruwedel, Bob Crater #8 (From Nine Bomb Craters), 1999/2008.

Mark Ruwedel, Los Alamos: The Secret on the Hill, 1993.

Mark Ruwedel, Spiral Jetty, Submerged, 1994.

Mark Ruwedel, Spiral Jetty, 2002.

Manuel Neri, Carla V, 1964.

Manuel Neri, La Palestra No. 5, 1988.

Manuel Neri, Arcos de Geso I, 1985.

Manuel Neri, Standing Figure No. 3, 1992 (cast 2006).

Manuel Neri, Carla No. 2, 1964.

Willem de Kooning, Two Women with Still Life, 1952.

Willem de Kooning, Two Women in the Country, 1954.

One thought on “No. 291: Mark Ruwedel, Jed Morse on Manuel Neri

  1. Correction: Neri cast his first bronze from plaster figure in 1978 which was encouraged by his friend, Mark diSuvero, and in fact, Mark paid for the casting because Mark felt that Manuel’s best work should be “more permanent.” This sculpture was a “crucifixion figure” that Manuel had been commissioned to create for a Catholic church in the Bay Area.


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